Proposal “coreteampremises0818“ (Completed)Back

Title:Core Team Premises (August)
Owner:glennaustin
One-time payment: 132 DASH (27005 USD)
Completed payments: 1 totaling in 132 DASH (0 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2018-07-18 / 2018-08-17 (added on 2018-07-08)
Votes: 938 Yes / 114 No / 0 Abstain

Proposal description

This proposal is cross-posted from https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/core-team-premises-august.39329/

Background
This proposal funds the Dash Core Group’s property lease budget. This budget account has not been funded since March 2017 and has been exclusively used to pay for the monthly rent and associated services for Dash Core Group offices in Scottsdale, Arizona. We just re-signed a lease to expand to 1 executive suite, 1 office, 2 cubicles and 2 “hot-seats”. This expansion was driven by the need for additional desks as we now have critical mass in the Phoenix area including Ryan Taylor (CEO), Glenn Austin (CFO), Bob Carroll (CTO), Alexander Chopan (Head of Strategy), Kelly Kopp (Head of HR), Robert VadeBonCoeur (HR), Bradley Zastrow (Head of Business Development, part-time in AZ), and 3 Dash interns (Nakul Chalwa, Eric Cowan, Hunter Colleran).

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Description of the property
SkySong is a 1.2 million square foot mixed-use live/work/play facility associated with Arizona State University located in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is operated as a non-profit incubator for innovation and technology, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Its non-profit status enables SkySong to charge tenants well below market rates for Class A office space. The facility is in high demand, and all SkySong buildings are near full occupancy.

We believe there are several advantages to maintaining our presence at SkySong. First, there are clear productivity gains from having members of our team on-site to work directly with each other. Second, we conduct many professional meetings with prospective partners and this allows us to receive visitors and host events in a business setting.

Skysong in particular is a good location for several reasons. First, it provides the flexibility of month-to-month leases. Second, SkySong can be instrumental in providing tenants access to the resources available through Arizona State University and other economic development programs that can meaningfully assist the project. As an example, all 3 of the interns working for Dash in Phoenix are currently attending ASU.

As a quick recap from our initial funding proposal, these are the key highlights of the space:
  1. A “premium office”, a “basic office”, 2 cubicles and two workstations in a LEED Silver Certification (class A) building
    Locking glass doors, and locking filing cabinets
  2. Seven dedicated phone lines and voicemail system
  3. Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
  4. Mail services
  5. Complementary conference room access
  6. 24/7 access to the building
  7. Complementary copier and printer (up to a monthly limit)
  8. Kitchen facilities including coffee machines
  9. Shared reception area with sign-in and waiting area
  10. Free shuttle service between ASU’s main campus (2 miles away) and SkySong
  11. Free access to a 385 capacity conference facility on site
  12. Hosting of the Dash InstantSend demo soda machine from TNABC 2016
Further details can be found in our original funding proposal:
https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/proposal-dash-offices-at-asus-skysong-innovation-center.12502/

What does this proposal fund?
This proposal will fund semi-annual premises expenses for SkySong. 

If you have any questions, please direct them to @glennaustin in this Dash Forum post to ensure we are notified of your request.

Requested funding is as follows for the August 2nd budget cycle:
· 127.05 Dash for core team premises ($31,200 USD @ $245.572 per Dash)
· 5.00 Dash proposal reimbursement
Total: 132.05 Dash

Note: Should any funding remain, we will apply it toward future facilities / rent expenses.

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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0 points,1 month ago
Yes from me
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3 points,2 months ago
This funding session there are some very valuable proposals put forward that can make a real difference to DASH up take in a practical way. I am thinking in particular the Venezuela and LATAM projects were they are signing up merchants daily. This is real and practical uptake of DASH. I am not saying that core should not have office facilities. I am however asking if these office facilities could be provided in a more economical way.

This proposal is for $33,000 USD for 1 office and 2 cubicles . It mentions 2 hot seats but I don't know what that means. Internet is included.

That is extremely expensive for what we are getting.

Are these office spaces going to be used every day of the year by DASH staff or are they only going to be used when you want to have a meeting? If they are not going to be used every day then could you not look at an alternative e.g. paying as you need to use the work space? This could be cheaper than paying for an entire year for work space and facilities that may not be used every day.

Whenever I wanted to have a meeting I hire executive rooms with Regus. It works considerably cheaper on a "pay as you go" than renting a space for the entire year that was vacant most of the time.

I imagine the only time core need office space is if they want to have a meeting with a new client or if they want to meet with other core members to discuss the project. If this is the case then a "pay as you go" model could be considerably cheaper than paying for the entire year where these offices spaces we are paying for are left vacant when not being used.
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0 points,2 months ago
The proposal is for 6 months of office lease ($5,200/month). The lease includes 2 offices, 2 cubicles and 2 hot seats (cubicles that can be used at any time but aren't meant for permanent allocation to a staff member). The rent also includes access to conference rooms and meeting rooms on an ad hoc basis.

We use the facilities about 4 times a week. We have provided a list of the employees that are in the Phoenix area. Most of us, here in Phoenix, find it productive to work in close proximity to our colleagues.
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0 points,1 month ago
> The proposal is for 6 months

Why is this important information not included in the proposal description?
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0 points,1 month ago
The following language is included in the proposal: “What does this proposal fund?
This proposal will fund semi-annual premises expenses for SkySong. “
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0 points,1 month ago
@glennaustin thank you for replying Glenn. I would like to offer some feedback on your reply however before I do this I have noticed an issue on your DCG budget notice in the DASH forum. I wanted to leave some feedback in your DCG budget notice given on the URL below. You mention in your post that constructive feedback is welcomed. However I am unable to post any feedback. The message given is: "(You have insufficient privileges to reply here.)

Are you aware that people cannot give feedback on your posting? Perhaps you could check the settings of the post and see if comments are enabled?

https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dcg-budget-planning-update-q3-2018.39421/#post-192324
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0 points,1 month ago
Thank you for the feedback. I will post the information in another section of Dash Forum to ensure that comments can be provided.
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2 points,2 months ago
You have 2 HR folks for how many employees total?
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2 points,2 months ago
I think this is a more or less optimal solution to our dev team's hitherto largely decentralized approach to the current transition toward a more efficient, centralized one, as well as the costs typically associated with a central office. Obviously we want Core to have everything they need to succeed, but we also don't want pointless, exorbitant, Silicon Valley-esque expenditures on office space. This is a nice, professional, upscale, highly functional medium.
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2 points,2 months ago
I think the co-working spaces/opportunities that can be done there is one of the most productive things that Core can take advantage.
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5 points,2 months ago
We can't have our core developers meeting with potential partners in a public library or starbucks. Of course this is crucial.

I think its also important to keep relations with ASU. In the future I hope we have the funding available to fund scholarships for the brightest young minds in the world.
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1 point,2 months ago
An obvious yes from me.
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